10 Abbreviations You Should Know

Monday, 14 September 2020

10 abbreviations you should know.

So first of all, what is an abbreviation?

Well, here's a clue in the word. You have the word "brev". "Brev" -- in other words, "brevity" -- it means to be short. So abbreviations are words or sentences that we have made short, usually to save time. So for example, ASAP, RSVP, RIP, BYOB, BBQ -- you see the pattern? We have capital letters, and they all stand for something that's longer. So it's a short form of a word or a sentence. So let's look at ten common abbreviations.

No.1, "ASAP"

What does this mean? "As soon as possible", We use this a lot when we're writing emails, letters, sometimes in conversation. "As soon as possible" is long, so when we don't want to say "as soon as possible", we can shorten it to "ASAP".
What are some examples?
"Email me ASAP." "Take our quiz ASAP." "Go see the principal ASAP." So it just means doing something as quickly as you can. And this is a very common expression.

No. 2, "RSVP"

What does it mean, "RSVP"? It means, "Please reply." So we often use this if you're invited to something. If, for example, I'm having a birthday party, and I want all of you to come, I would ask you to RSVP. "Please RSVP by Friday." This means, "Please reply. Please tell me you're coming by Friday." "Please RSVP as soon as you can." "Please RSVP by next Saturday." So it means, again, "Please send me a reply so I know you're coming." You, again, see this on invitations, any type of invite, you will see this.

No. 3, "RIP"

You may have seen this before. It means, "Rest in peace." So when somebody passes away -- when somebody dies -- often on their tombstone, you'll see "RIP", which stands for, "Rest in peace". If you're on Facebook, and someone you know, maybe they lose a member of their family, they will often write, "RIP Fluffy" if it's a cat; "RIP whoever it is". And it means, "Rest in peace." So this one has to do with dying and death.

No. 4, "BYOB"

This is common when we're talking about parties. And it means, "Bring your own beer" or "bring your own booze". Beer, booze -- they're both alcoholic drinks. So "booze" is any drink with alcohol in it. And so what that means is if you're invited to a party, maybe the host doesn't have any alcoholic drinks, so they will tell you, "Bring your own drinks." "Bring your own beer." "Bring your own wine." "BYOB" means "bring your own alcohol". So it's a very common expression for parties.

No. 5, "BBQ"

"BBQ" means "barbecue". What's a "barbecue"? It's a way we cook meat. It's the way we cook food. You usually have a grill. You put maybe hamburgers, hot dogs on the grill. You barbecue them. You can eat barbecued chicken, different types of barbecue. So "BBQ" refers to a type of food or a party where they will serve hamburgers and hot dogs. So let's check out five more abbreviations.

No. 6, "PIN"

So a "PIN" is a password. Usually, you use it with your bank. Maybe you have a debit card. You put it into a machine, and it asks you for you. "PIN" means "personal identification number". So it's a number; sometimes it's four digits; sometimes it's six numbers. And it's pretty much a password.

No. 7. "E.g." 

is an abbreviation many people get confused with No. 8, "i.e." So I'll first explain what "e.g." means. So notice first it's E dot G dot. It means "example", So when you're writing -- you don't use this in conversation. You don't say, "E.g. blah, blah, blah, blah, blah." You use it for writing, specifically. Now, the way you use it is if you're talking about something -- for example, "I want to tell you about all the animals that lay eggs." so animals that lay eggs. I could say, "There are many animals that lay eggs. E.g. chickens or hens, ducks -- I think platypuses, although I'm not exactly sure about that one -- snakes, alligators, other birds, ostriches." So I used "e.g." to show these are examples. So it means "example".This is different from "i.e." -- I dot E dot -- which is used to add clarity to something. So it means that you say something, and then you want to say it again but maybe in different words. So that sort of means "that is". So you restate an idea. For example, "This happened on Halloween, i.e. October 31st." So it just clarifies something. It makes something more clear. You have the same point, but you're repeating it, in a sense, in different words. So "i.e." does not mean "example".

No. 9, "etc." 

E-T-C. So again, that means "et cetera".
And what does this mean? When you're listing a bunch of different things, you've got many, many things to say, you can use this to mean "and so forth". So this -- seven, eight, and nine are all used in writing, not in speech. If I read "etc.", an example of this would be, "Today, I went grocery shopping. I bought many things. I bought eggs, bread, milk, chicken, juice, etc." So it means I'm listing a long list -- instead of saying every single thing I bought, which can take me a long time, "etc." means "and so forth". "I play many sports. I play soccer; I play baseball, tennis, badminton, etc."So it means "and so forth".

No. 10, "ATM"

What is an "ATM"? It stands for "automatic teller machine", "ATM" is a machine. You usually find it at the bank, or you can find it sometimes in stores, on the street. And it's like a bank. You put in your debit card, and it gives you money. So it's a machine that gives you money, and it's associated with your bank. So you might ask, "Where's the closest ATM?" "Are there any ATMs in this mall?" Meaning, "Are there any bank machines?"

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